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How Does VEGAS Pro 15 Compare to Adobe Premiere, Apple FCP X, Avid Media Composer and More?

Watch the video to understand the distinct advantages VEGAS Pro brings to serious video editors

I have used VEGAS Pro for more than ten years, and a big part of the reason I use it as my “go-to” NLE above any other choice is that it really is a comprehensive all-in-one set of tools. It actually lets you finish the whole project from the beginning to the end within one software package. Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer, Apple Final Cut Pro X and Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve are all great in their own way, but they all have shortcomings that force users to rely on other tools to finish their project. VEGAS Pro is the NLE of choice for many editors because they can do everything they need to in this single tool, all while being more customizable with features that no other NLE can match.

To showcase some of these distinctions and advantages, I’ve put together videos that lay out a few basic elements in VEGAS Pro to get you familiar with the workspace and default layout, explored some VEGAS Pro Editing Basics and took viewers through the palette full of video effects in VEGAS Pro. Those videos are a great place for anyone unfamiliar with the tool to start, but I want to show you how VEGAS Pro stacks up with the competition in plain detail. To see some of these distinctions for yourself, watch the video below to get a better understanding of the customization options that are available, which features in VEGAS Pro are distinct, how simple it is to make adjustments to your setup and plenty more.

This video should give you a real sense of the power and capabilities of many of the features in VEGAS Pro, but of course it’s just a brief look at how and why the NLE stands out when compared to some of the other options. At a very high level, VEGAS Pro is easier to learn and understand than any other NLE out there, and can be handled by anyone. For an even better sense of what these differences and distinctions look like when compared to the competition, take a look at the chart below.

Feature VEGAS Pro Adobe Premiere Avid Media Composer 8 Apple Final Cut Pro X Da Vinci Resolve
Ease of Use      
Application Scripting    
Customizable User Interface          
Full-featured DAW on broadcast level  
A broad selection of top-notch video effects        
Hi-class DVD/Blu-ray Disc authoring    
Best value-for-money pricing          

Some of the info in this chart might be a matter of perspective and preference, but it nonetheless lays out the sort of capabilities and expectations that any professional editor should have from their NLE. In the video above, I made a conscious effort to show you how the ability to customize your interface is unmatched, but all of the NLEs listed are customizable to one degree or another. However, VEGAS Pro has specific features and functions that provide indisputable advantages which are not available in any other system.

As an example of something that is completely unique to VEGAS Pro, the hamburger menus give users the ability to define their visible button sets throughout the application. It’s just one of the features that makes the VP user interface far more flexible and customizable than Premiere, FCP X, or Avid.

To further illustrate the kind of innovation you’ll find in the system, look no further than the scripting features, which have been available in VEGAS Pro for many years now. This feature allows users to write or buy a script that automates just about anything you can do in VP. Editors can automate repetitive tasks, such as adding a fade-in/fade-out to 100 events in a timeline.

And of course, no other NLE provides a digital audio workstation feature set as robust as the tools in VEGAS Pro, and I’m not aware of anyone who uses Premiere, FCP X, or Avid as an audio-only tool.

All in all, VEGAS Pro has capabilities that are not available in any other NLE along with features that are just as powerful if not more so than the competition. The modern intuitive user interface and organic timeline-editing workflow delivers a completely customizable experience that provides the ultimate flexibility. It’s been designed with professional users in mind, to support our preferred workflow. That’s something you can see and feel after spending even a little bit of time with it.

That’s me though. I use VEGAS Pro a lot for my independent filmmaking, music and corporate videos, but will it work for you? That’s impossible to say, but since you can find out for free, I can guarantee that making the effort will be worth your time.

 


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Bobby B. Grubic is a multi-regional Emmy Award Winner, and recipient of numerous production and marketing awards. Bobby’s creative development, directing and production experience includes: TV commercial productions, documentaries, biographies, film and Internet/Online video projects…

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David M. Sharp
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As the author said the chart is a matter of perspective and preference, however, I ardently believe he got the “Fully featured DAW on the broadcast level” wrong. Resolve has Fairlight which is plenty powerful. FCPX has every plugin from Logic X available to it, albeit it works in a different way (it is FCPX after all) it still can get the job done easily. And similarly Premiere pro can do everything Audition can do, and I have seen plenty of people use it for TV. “Best Value for the Money” I feel the author is off the mark again.… Read more »

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Al B.

Agreed. A few years ago I switched from my Windows machine to the Mac. While there are things to criticize on any platform, I would never say that FCPX, which I have tried out, or Resolve are somehow “lacking”. In Premiere I can *seemlessly* right click on an audio track and edit in Audition, and then save and exit back into Pr and the track is automatically changed. This video “review” is a joke. I would be embarrassed to put my name on it.

Bobby Grubic
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Bobby Grubic

Al B. it looks like you are embarrassed to share your name with your comments … yes, you are “seamlessly” exiting one software and “seamlessly” entering another one … that was exactly my point … there are extra steps everywhere in any other solutions as they are sticking with “specialized” part of the software and 30+ years of the same workflow … but everything around us is changing … the industry is changing … time for delivery is shorter and shorter … my point is … if you need solution that is all in one, so you don’t have to… Read more »

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THEoriginal

Resolve Fairlight is not a “DAW.” It’s missing a ton of features compared even to VEGAS. Using Audition with Premiere Pro CC means you have to rent it too, which means you’re paying $52.99 instead of 20.99 a month. Mind as well go for the full suite if you’re getting those two. You also have to deal with the round tripping. Vegas can round trip to Sound Forge (or even audacity) easily, BTW; but this is not often needed due to the NLE being so good at audio. VEGAS also has a lot of timeline compositing features, as well, so… Read more »

Stephen van Vuuren
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I just completed some extended testing of Fairlight vs Vegas audio. For starters, it lacks ASIO support for channel mapping – complete fail out the gate. And dozen of other DAW features. Premiere’s audio feature set is very weak vs Audition and the roundtrip workflow is barely usable for casual use and no appropriate for pro use (ie. speed and ability to revise after picture lock. FCPx is simply not an audio DAW. I just mixed, monitored and deliver a 5.1 mix for IMAX in Vegas. Simply could not be done in any of these apps.

Al B.
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Al B.

This is a nothing more than a marketing video. First off, I spent thousands of dollars on Vegas products and I used Vegas for many years before switching to Adobe on WIndows, *on the same machine*. I actually loved the Vegas interface. I liked the NLE in many ways. But Vegas crashed almost every time I spent time on it. My machine was a high end video production computer, with 32 GBs RAM (at the time more than enough RAM for anything), and a high end graphics card from Nvidia. I was editing relatively simple multicamera documentary work. No efx… Read more »

Scott Simmons
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The author Bobby is diehard Vegas user and I did an interview with him an NAB class that I published here: https://www.provideocoalition.com/depth-discussion-magix-vegas-pro/ We talked a bit offline about stability and he said it was quite stable. I have played with it on a Dell laptop around the time of that NAB class and while I didn’t pound it too hard I didn’t have any crashes. Earlier in the year I cut a feature doc in Premiere but I worked alongside the director who had the same media I did on his big gaming laptop and he was cutting scenes and… Read more »

Bobby Grubic
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Bobby Grubic

I understand your frustrations but not all systems are the same, especially in the windows environment and it is hard to make a bulletproof software. Aside from Vegas that I have on my MacBookPro from 2006 when Apple switched to Intel chip, I use many other products including Premiere, Flame, and Avid. And yes, Vegas would crash from time to time, but only when I truly abused it with no proxy 5k RED footage mixed with slog Sony footage with color grade VFX on the track level and the preview level and real-time audio effects added on top of that… Read more »

Stephen van Vuuren
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Vegas 12/13 during Sony’s neglect suffer from lots of GPU related crashes. I gave up on it and moved to Premiere/Resolve. However, i got a early look at Magix’s first version and moved back since. The current app has not GPU crashed (or crashed much at all, certainly far less than Premiere, FCPx, Resolve crash on me).

THEoriginal
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THEoriginal

Vegas works properly with GPUs now (OpenCL + QS. Decode for AVC/HEVC and QSC, NVENC, VCE encode support). Crashing is something you need broad opinions on. Premiere Pro CC has a reputation for crashing. For most stability, it’s best to transcode all of your footage to ProRes and edit that. Once you start throwing different Rasters, Framerates, and CODECs onto an NLE timeline, stability suffers. Final Cut Pro and iMovie limit this by optimizing to ProRes Proxy in the background (toggle in FCPX, not configurable in iMovie). Resolve has Optimized Media and Render Cache. Premiere Pro can create proxies using… Read more »

Dustin Farnum
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Dustin Farnum

I started using Vegas when it was a Sonic Foundry product. I was using Adobe Premiere and audio was terrible. I found Vegas and have used it ever since, almost 20 years now. The guys who developed it in Madison were the best.

Notta
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like many, i started using vegas from its sonic days. from version 6 i started using it commercially and did so till i wobbled with 11, but still continued recommending it to my students whenever i taught. however, since it’s sale to magix i found both 14 and 15 had become unstable, not to mention confusing with their pricing structure and ‘expensive’ upgrades, that, along with ‘free’ plugins and ofx packages that don’t necessarily work in all versions. although i made a good living with vegas i was always conscious of the competition and regularly tried the alternatives out, with… Read more »

Rich
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I was a Vegas fanatic for years. Cutting with it was so quick and easy. I used it as my DAW for years as well, running through a stack of Presonus FireStudios. Then…..things went awry. It got sloppy and unpredictable. The thing that ticked me off the most was when they changed the color picker and moved away from standard RGB numbers. Dumb move. Just dumb. I also begged them for years to make a Mac version. They only did this with Sound Forge, which they sold off anyway. I switched to FCPX, which sucked at first, but got better,… Read more »

Stephen van Vuuren
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They have unshot themselves in the foot. I moved back after leaving them behind during the Sony v13 debacle. I started on Vegas in v1.0

Ian
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The price looks right the features seem pretty good too but what would personally get me over the line would be native editing of DJI’s Phantom 4 Pro footage without having to pre-render, plus being able to save files out as Pro Res. None of the other NLE’s edit P4Pro files natively either as far as I know. I’m also concerned about investing in software that might not keep up to pace with future developments.

THEoriginal
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THEoriginal

A great NLE to waste time and hardware in. No GPU Acceleration. You’re basically depending on QSV or NVENC for decent encode speeds. You get awful CODEC support. No multiple timelines/sequences (there is project nesting). Awful Titling/Text tools. Effects from the 90s that were never updated. Terrible color tools. Terrible playback and timeline performance (scrubbing, etc. – no accelerated decode). Absolutely awful proxy workflow. No render queue. No Transcode for file batches. Instability. Buggy with current GPUs and some file formats. Price is too high. Vegas basically competes with Pinnacle Studio Ultimate, at this point. It is that deficient compared… Read more »